DIDWERX III in Taipei
We were honored to have former Deputy Secretary-General of Taiwan's National Security Council, numerous active-duty and retired officers across service branches, and industry representatives from maritime technology, electric vehicles, and network/cyber security sectors.
Eric Du spoke about the current innovation trends in the U.S. national security enterprise, including reforms or attempted reforms in acquisition, appropriation, and organizational construct. The event was followed by an enthusiastic discussion on challenges to Taiwan’s national defense innovation landscape.
It was mentioned that capabilities or mission requirements are often constrained by procurement regulations. In an environment with complex and bureaucratic risk management, cost and schedule are allowed overrun on some larger MDAPs while leaving many other capabilities gaps unmet, thus increasing strategic risks and investment portfolio risks.
An unnamed officer also pointed out that capability needs and specifications must consider interoperability with U.S. forces. However, in the process of generating requirement and material solutions, additional specifications are forced upon with each iteration of review and analysis, creating high asset specificity for the proposed solution and as a result, rendering supply chain and maintenance difficult to manage.